Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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Written By:  Bobbie

When it came to her High School graduation trip, the only thing my daughter cared about was going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios.  Thankfully we had been to Universal Studios Hollywood a few years ago, so when we went again there was no pressure for us to see the rest of the park, though thankfully we had plenty of time to explore the rest of the park when we were done.

My daughter and I are both HUGE Harry Potter fans, and loved all the details that went into the Harry Potter Experience.  We headed straight for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and loved seeing the movie come alive, and that was just while we were waiting to go on the ride!  Many of the pictures moved just like in the movie, and around every corner was something new to see.

We were early enough to the park that we did not have to wait long to get on the ride, which was amazing, and we were both yelping and squealing as we experienced the ride.  It took us a moment to fully recover before we deiced on what to check out next.  We looked over at Fight of the Hippogriff and decided to pass since it was a smaller roller coaster and the line was pretty long.

By accident we stumbled into the Ollivanders Experience line, and I'm glad that we did.  In small groups you are ushered into Ollivanders and a younger member of the group is picked out to test out and find a wand will choose them.  The room has several scene recreations of when Harry is testing out different wands and then you are moved along into Ollivanders where you can purchase a wand of your own.  I will warn you that the Ollivanders store is small and was packed when we were there.  I bolted out the door to get something to drink while my daughter looked around and purchased a wand for herself.  The wands do work on special areas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and it includes a map of where to find those areas.

Of course he had to have a meal while we were in Hogsmead Village and hunted down some Butterbeer in the process.  Butterbeer is kid friendly, but there are adult only drinks available.

We decided to eat at the Three Broomsticks and were impressed at the variety of food available.  I won't bore you with the meals we had, but the Pumpkin Juice was refreshing, and not overly sweet, and we both loved the desserts that we picked out.  I found it hard to share my chocolate trifle with strawberries, and my daughter inhaled her Butterbeer pudding.  I did pick up a bottle of Gilly Water, and brought it home as a souvenir.  The bottle is now serving as a coin bank.

Overall we had a fantastic time while visiting the Harry Potter Experience and had plenty of time to explore the rest of Universal Studios for the rest of the day.  I know my daughter is already planning another trip down in a few years, and I will most likely tag along with her.

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